Before I get into the meat of the game, I'll first explain the giant invisible asterisk next to the above score. The only thing that saves 4J Studios' XBLA adaptation of the awesomeness that is Minecraft from a mediocre score is its potential. I allow myself to factor this into the score because it's not fictional or hopeful potential, but an actual visible roadmap defined by the PC and Mac version, and by the very different approach to game development embraced by Mojang, the game's creator. Read More.
Namco Bandai and From Software's latest title Armored Core V flaunts a learning curve as steep as K2, comprehensive customization options that surmount the likes of Forza, and an exhilarating online multiplayer mode that remains unparalleled. Read More.
Right off the bat, I am not a reader of The Walking Dead comics, but I am an avid watcher of the TV show. It doesn't matter if you read the comics, watch the TV show or both; if you are a fan of The Walking Dead, you will want to play this game. I want to note that I know aspects of this game is based off the comic books, but I compare some of them to the TV show and I just want to say that it can be compared to either of them. Read More.
As a gamer I pride myself on the fact that I'm willing to play almost any genre. But while I may be willing to branch out into the occasional sports game my primary love, outside of RPGs, is definitely the action genre. Ever since the old days of Final Fight I've had a soft spot for brawlers which readily expanded to hack and slashes as they became more common. Read More.
Sometimes it can be easy to forget just how intimidating a genre like the humble fighter can be. Riding in on a crest of devastatingly complex combo moves and reams of terminology baffling to anyone who isn't familiar with an arcade stick, the barrier to entry has always been high enough to require an escalator. Read More.
It sounds like an interesting concept: take the well-documented lore of Resident Evil, and show the story from another point of view, that of a clean-up team sent by the dastardly Umbrella Corporation into the throes of Raccoon City. What could've followed is a cool blend of tactics as your men work together with you to take on the horrors of the Resident Evil series as well as using conventional tactics to assault those who would stop you (you know, with guns). Read More.
If you don't think Pixar movies are cool, it's possible you don't have a soul. So Kinect Disney/Pixar Rush had a lot going for it out of the gate. But too many E-for-everyone rated titles are actually not quite for anyone, so this game required some unique field testing. Read More.
Reviewing games can be an unnatural endeavor. Reviewers are expected to use highly technical descriptors to show that we know what we're talking about and that anyone should pay attention. But the reality is that the technobabble is relatively useless to a large portion of the population. Read More.
Toy Soldiers, the original, was a curious blend of tower defense and action gameplay. In it, you could play towers to fend off waves of opponents, but the meat of the game came when you took control of the towers themselves, aiming and shooting to your hearts delight. Read More.
When CyberConnect2 released Ultimate Ninja Storm in 2008, it was by far the best playing Naruto title ever made. It looked incredible and played just as equally well. Now Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations has arrived and CyberConnect2 decided to cut out a few extra things that added to the gameplay and made it stand out above other fighting games. Read More.
There's this thing called "just one more" and it can destroy lives. If you've played a good puzzle or sports game then it's something that you're well acquainted with. For the uninitiated this is when you find yourself unable to stop playing a game and telling yourself "I'll stop after this next round. Read More.
The Tower Wars genre is not one that you can say has been as saturated as Tower Defense. The two are similar, but instead of simply defending a location from a set number of attackers (and thus, strategy comes from varying your tower types, knowing the waves, and managing cash flow), tower wars involve sending your own units forward through enemy towers while the enemy sends theirs through your defenses unendingly, until one of your bases has been destroyed. Read More.
Announced back at the same time that the Kinect (then known as Project Natal), was revealed, it seems like a match made in heaven. A completely controller free motion controlled system that allows you to use the force, swing a lightsaber around and explore a galaxy far, far away? How could it miss? Read More.
Giants collided this year when Capcom and Namco announced a joint venture to combine their two major fighting game franchises, Tekken and Street Fighter. Capcom is no stranger to the crossover versus fighter so the first of the Namco/Capcom games (developed by Capcom) promises to be. Read More.
Often, titles in the 'shmup' genre can turn all but the most hardcore players away. Their insistence on pattern memorization, split-second reflexes, tiny hitboxes, and an incredibly unforgiving streak tend to have an adverse effect on someone who simply wants to play a shooty kind of game. Read More.